Spring is in the air! And I love it. Where I live we have had our first few 60+ degree days lately. The sun has been out more. The weather is warmer. The snow has all melted. Everyone can sense it. Spring is just around the corner. But with Spring comes the work associated with it. Cleaning up the downed branches, getting the mower ready for another season, opening up the pool, and landscaping.
There are many things I enjoy about working outside, but landscaping is not high on the list. The primary reason I dislike landscaping comes down to one word, weeds. I hate weeds. I despise that they exist. I loathe pulling them. I abhor anything to do with them. They replicate faster than rabbits. They spread quicker than wildfire. They root themselves deeper than the magma core of the earth. They are harder to get out than wine on a wedding dress. Everything about weeds is despicable, which is why weeds are a great analogy to our sinful desires, especially cynicism.
Cynicism is a funny thing. It can begin as skepticism or sheer analysis, but quickly transforms into something utterly different. Cynicism is like a gremlin wreaking havoc on anyone and anything in its path, especially its host. Unfortunately, the weed of cynicism is something I must constantly be on the look out for and uproot. Darryl Dash’s article “Beware the Weed of Cynicism” was a needed reminder for me and I hope it is for you also.
As always I love to hear from you. Do you struggle with cynicism? How do you see it spring up in your heart and life? What are some ways you uproot and battle against it? One resource I found helpful and would recommend is Carey Nieuwhof’s book “Didn’t See It Coming“. In it, he covers cynicism as one of the greatest challenges no one expects and everyone experiences. Be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.
Until Next Time,